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Everyone at Salem Art Association wishes you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

We will be closed Thursday November 24 andFriday, November 25. We will also be closed Christmas Day and re-open on Wednesday, January 4 so our staff and volunteers can spend time with their families during the holidays.
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The SAA Artist in Residence program is intended to offer: An experimental space for artists to develop their work and collaborate. An opportunity for the community to engage with working artists. The Studio is generally viewable by the public during SAA open hours. A sliding wall can either open or enclose the space for public viewing/access. General professional development support for artists. An exhibition in SAA’s Focus Gallery for one month.

All artists, of any medium, may apply for the February/March and June/July openings..

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We bring ‘Marking Time’ to visitors as an example of how much can be achieved when an artist dedicates time, talent, creativity and skill to her work. We hope you will enjoy, admire, and learn from the exhibition. You may even be inspired to create!

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We are excited to offer our members an additional 15% savings on purchases —
a 25% discount on this day only! Drop in, chat, and shop! Artist demonstrations will be happening as well. Drop in, drop out! and we’ve got There’s plenty of demonstrations and activities to keep you entertained all afternoon.

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The Bush Barn Art Center & Annex are open to the public Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

As things slowly get back to normal, our hours are limited so that we can ensure the health and safety of all of our staff and visitors. You can visit our galleries Open Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunda. We encourage visitors continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing when enjoying the art in our galleries. To help protect our staff and visitors, we hope that everyone who enters our galleries has received a COVID-19 vaccination. For more information on how to get the vaccine, visit Oregon Health Authority’s vaccination site (

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Actively Engaging,
Educating and Preserving

The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1919.

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We stand together and know that art in our lives is absolutely pivotal in understanding one another, in finding common ground, and in imagining creative solutions together. Art brings us together and unites us in our humanity. It enhances our natural instinct to overcome obstacles and to care for each other – to remember what it means to be human, especially during the most challenging times of this pandemic.

Upcoming Events, Workshops, & Artist in residency

Full Calendar of Events

Community Arts Education (CAE)

Virtual Arts Programming for Students and Adults:

SAA’s Community Arts Education is continuing to look for alternative ways to adapt our school programs that include arts education to K-5 students in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, especially to those attending Title I schools. Offering a virtual learning component is another way that the Salem Art Association is striving to ensure that kids stay connected to the arts.

  • Out of the Box: Art Activities for Kids via social media and on our website
  • Art for Kids YouTube videos
  • Art Boxes with lessons and material lists available online
  • Teaching Artist YouTube videos for more in depth art making
  • Teaching Artist Anecdotes that are fun, yet share with all of us the value of making art

Learn more About CAE

Call for Artists

Call for Artists opportunities for the Bush Barn Art Center take place throughout the year. Click the link for a current list of ways to get your art out into the world through the Salem Art Association

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Thank you to the following supporters whose generous contributions support the Salem Art Association in making art experiences possible for everyone in our community.

Compton Family Foundation

Michele J. Patterson

Janet Neuburg

Braemar Charitable Trust

Harvest Foundation

Bob & Marypat Hill Family Foundation

Autzen Foundation

William S. Walton Charitable Trust


Special thanks to our generous sponsors